If the documentation on the workings of computer system has been lost or is too laborious to recover, a complete system with all its software and data can be encapsulated in a standardized container format. The conserved system can be brought up at any time through a web interface.
Rhizome's goal was to re-enact
three style-defining art game CD-ROMs from the 1990's on the web. Without users
having to install any additional software or download an emulator or a disk image,
the games should be played in their completeness on any modern browser.
Rhizome launched a Kickstarter
project Chop Suey, Smarty
and Zero Zero available to their audience free of charge.
If the workings of a computer system are well-known, even complex and exotic setups can be easily rebuilt from components and brought up at any time through a web interface. Additionally, the conserved system can perform complex automated tasks, for instance converting data saved in obsolete file formats into standardized formats on demand, applying the original software packages that were used to create the unusable originals.